A Meeting of the Open Minds

Every open adoption is different. Here, two adoptive mothers and one birth mother speak candidly about their experiences.

A family in an open adoption talks to birth parents on the phone
While Barbara and Lori are both parenting in open adoptions, their situations vary in key ways. Their children are in different cognitive stages — Barbara's daughter, Beth, is a preschooler, and Lori has two preteens. Lori's daughter, Tessa, has had a steady relationship with Crystal, her birth mom, and the families live close by. Barbara's daughter, Beth, as well as Lori's son, Reed, have had intermittent contact with their birth moms. Here, we show you the inner workings of two ...

Two adoptive moms and a birth mother candidly discuss the adoption match, birth siblings, contact agreements, and more.

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